A conservation and research organization in Guyana is teaming up with indigenous people to benefit the country's forest communities and provide insights into weather and climate change. In this AlertNet article by Johann Earle ("Merging science, traditional knowledge could benefit climate adaptation"), ESTC12 Keynote Speaker Sydney Allicock is quoted, discussing the importance of supporting both scientific and local understanding.
Sydney Allicock, an Amerindian community leader from North Rupununi, believes it is important for science and traditional indigenous knowledge to work together on solutions to problems, including those caused by growing population pressure on forests and savannahs lands.
Allicock emphasized that local communities have traditionally used their environmental knowledge to live in a sustainable way.
With the mission of bringing people together to fight poverty, VSO International is an international federation of member organisations that all contribute resources to a shared development programme. VSO's members are based in Canada, Kenya, the Netherlands, the Philippines and the UK. From grassroots community groups to government ministries, VSO works with a vast range of agencies, to achieve carefully devised development plans.